CREATIVE: 12 ideas for backyard fun and games

25 July 2017
Reading time3 mins

These sunny winter days are the perfect time to set up some backyard fun! 

We’ve put together a list of play ideas that will most certainly keep your kids occupied and happy.

Scavenger Hunt

A nature scavenger hunt in the backyard is the perfect way for kids to build gross motor skills and learn about nature during a fun sensory experience. Use one of these free printable scavenger hunts to set your kids moving and discovering.


Gardening is a great way to build your children’s love of nature and teach them about how food is grown. Try planting micro herbs as they tend to grow quicker or perhaps planting new plants in creative containers like boots, jeans, shoes or old dump trucks. This article on kids in the garden will give you plenty more ideas on gardening with your kids.

Pool noodle racetrack

160414 backyardfun

Pool noodles are so versatile! Simply cut the pool noodle in half and you have an awesome racetrack for matchbox cars!

Image Credit: Ramblings from Utopia

Trampoline chalk drawing

160414 backyardfun2

If you have a trampoline, give your kids some chalk and have them create a masterpiece! Just like drawing with chalk on concrete, it will wash off with a bit of rain.

Image Credit: Trampoline Games

Dinosaur hunt

You can buy a packet of dinosaurs pretty cheap at places like Kmart these days. All you have to do is hide the dinosaurs around the yard and have your kids find them! Some of them might be tricky to find because they’re camouflaged!

Obstacle Course

Get creative with this one and use whatever ‘obstacles’ you can find in the backyard to make this obstacle course loads of fun. You could use old tyres, hula hoops, balance boards and even wool which you can wrap between two trees to form a spider’s web they have to climb through!

Bean bag toss

160414 backyardfun3

Grab a bucket or two, some baskets from the two dollar shop, an old tyre, a piece of cardboard with a large hole cut out of it and have your kids play bean bag toss. Bean bags are pretty easy to make, all you need to do is sew two squares of material (such as corduroy) together, leave a hole, add some dried lentils and then sew the bag up. For detailed instructions check out this article. Alternatively, if you’re not a confident sewer, try using small snaplock backs or small drawstring bags that you can find at Spotlight.

Image Credit: Dollar Store Mum

Make bird feeders

160414 backyardfun6

There’s nothing better than attracting wildlife to your backyard and making a bird feeder is so easy. This article Make Your Own Birdfeeder will show you how.

Backyard camp out

Do you remember doing this as a kid and how cool it felt that you had your own ‘place’ to chill out in, that was yours, if only for a day? Perfect if you’ve got a small tent or you could improvise with sheets or blankets over the branch of a tree.

Rock art

Send your kids hunting for rocks and have them turn them into whatever they like using just a little bit of paint and lots of creativity! They can even paint the rocks for the next activity on the list – naughts and crosses.

Naughts and crosses

160414 backyardfun4

Have your kids paint naughts and crosses onto rocks (or cute little bugs like these ones) and then they can enjoying ‘naughts and crosses’ for as long as they like!

Image credit: Chicken Scratch NY

Night bowling

160414 backyardfun5

This is obviously a game that needs to be played at night for effect, but we just had to include it. All you need are some old plastic bottles and glow sticks!

Image credit: Growing a Jewelled Rose

Written by

Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City

1 comment

  • Guest - Dipanshu Dutta Report
    4 Amazing Outdoor Math Activities For Kids My little one is back from school and the next thing I know that she is glued to my smartphone or tablet. The phone is overloaded with games to an extent that the annoying candy crush notification scares the hell out of me at any odd time. Bonus – my kid is more acquainted with the mobile game terms than the terms in math! So, I thought of engaging my small devils into some fun outdoor games that include math worksheets, math games, etc.. Therefore, I threw in some outdoor math activities for kids that can hone their mathematical skills as a bonus. So, let’s take learning outdoors with these cool math games. Get to the Numbers number-math-games-in-outdoor-math-activities-for-kids This is one of the outdoor math activities for kids that’s just right for your kids to learn the numbers effectively and follow directions, right at your doorstep. Props Required Paved yard Colored chalk How to Play Ask the kids to disperse and write a number (you assign them) on the pavement using a chalk. The number should be large enough to be visible from a distance and should a have a fair distance among them so that the kids don’t bump into each other while reaching their numbers. Just shout out any number and the players need to run to the number as soon as they hear it and stand on that number. They should stand on the number till you call out the next number and if they reach the number first, their friends can cheer till they find their numbers. Once the kids have played for some time, you can change it a bit and switch it with shapes or colors for math help. Quick Tips: Ask the kids to use colored chalks that can help them identify the numbers easily. Telling Time Outdoor Math Activities for Kids telling-time-outdoor-math-activities-for-kids If your kids are lost while telling time, this is the time when you should make them learn with this fun game. Props Required Colored Chalk Plastic toys for minute and hour hand How to Play Use your sidewalk for the game and draw a massive clock on it using the colored chalk. Find some toys lying around in the home and use them as minute and hour hand. Simply make sure that the minute hand toy is longer than the hour hand toy. Feel free to use long bat/arrow toy or more for the minute hand. For the hour hand, you can use 2 or 3 cars lined up in a straight line. Now shout out a time and ask the kids to show the time by moving the “hands” You can also show a time on the clock shifting the “hands” and ask them to tell the time. Quick Tips: Add variations in the outdoor math activities for kids by asking them to show the time when you eat, sleep or leave for work, or by making them solve the problems on elapsed time. Make it fun by making DIY clocks and doing telling time activities with them. To read more follow link --->

You may also like